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Kareem Fahim


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Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?

'Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Facebook and Apple'

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.


Well, all of us already knew so I don't think it has surprised anyone... but I'd like to know opinions of TED community, are you comfortable with fact that USA Gov. is continuously collecting your personal data?

@People who say 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oAKtBpdZSw


Closing Statement from Kareem Fahim

Majority of people are annoyed by this 'data collection'. Western Govs., defenders of 'freedom' 'democracy' and 'input_word' are mere bunch of hypocrites. Although it is shocking how some people are defending NSA and these faceless entities... (maybe they are 'trolls' or NSA paid users...).

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    Jun 23 2013: No matter what we do, we're now under surveillance.
    In order to have a private conversation we'll have to meet "analog style" in a back alley and exchange hand-written notes. Big Brother is now everywhere.
    So maybe we need to stop using Google, Facebook and Apple to store private information ? But who's to say that they won't start putting pressure on private hosting companies to access private domains ... we have let the NSA run amok and I think that the only way to remedy this is to pass laws that forbid this kind of systematic data collection and enforce it ... however, if they really wanted to get the information they could probably hire hackers to get it for them so either way ... it's a done deal :(
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      Jun 24 2013: I totally agree you Miss Caroline
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      Jun 25 2013: Agreed.

      I would also like to add the following - with the nanotechnology available today back alleys and docks may not allow a private conversation either. Please see the link below. However, I'll allow myself to see the possibilities and focus on the positive outcome. If problems, algorithms etc. are solved, risks properly discussed and assessed, voices heard, dialogue used, information not misinterpreted, manipulated with or misused, humanism applied, the future may still be bright :)


      Best wishes.

      Quote (again, sorry, I've posted this in a different but related conversation as well) "We learn of the case of a French man whose home was raided and who still remains on a terrorist watch list eight years later because algorithms in software analysing his movements determined he spent too much time looking at his surroundings..."
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      Jul 4 2013: I can only imagine what kind of information the NSA is collecting on my sorry carcass. Here's a conversation with the big boss I can imagine in one of those monitoring centers in Hawaii, or Langley, or down the street. It's kind of a "B" movie version, but it goes like this.

      "This lunatic eats vegetarian food? That's a red flag right there! We'll have to keep an eye on that commie bastard! He visits national parks, obviously casing the joint for an assault on the nations wild edible plant collection. Maybe he's planning to occupy the forest? This guy is obviously, dangerous a real sick bastard. I think it's time to terminate this puke. Do we have any of Sheriff Joe's police drones in the area? Let's hit him with a mini missile! He'll never know what hit him. Have the street sweeper get rid of the body, and any collateral damage in the area a few squirrels, maybe some trout. Let's see if we can get this cleared up before lunch OK boys.I have a fundraiser at 10:00, then the speaker and I have 12:00 o'clock tee time at the Arlington country club. "Now Chop Chop"

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